with reporting by Emily Blake
The boy band — Dan Miller, Erik-Michael Estrada, Jacob Underwood, and Trevor Penick — broke their decade of silence on Wednesday, dropping their dramatic ballad “Skydive,” telling MTV News via Skype that their return to the music scene is both “weird” and “exciting.”
“We love the song. We think it’s so good, and we had this feeling ’Is it good or is it just us because it’s our song?’ ” Trevor said. “We had a feeling it was a good song, and today, all those insecurities wondering if people going to like it, and hearing the response, everyone loves it as much as we do.”
But there’s one glaring omission from this reunion: original member Ashley Parker Angel. Ashley decided to forgo the reunion, but the guys promise there are no hard feelings.
“Just time and location didn’t work and this deal that came past … just seemed to be the best timing for majority. And because it was 10 years, we got to the question, ’Do we not do it at all because we are not five or do we just do it as four?’ ” Jacob said, then focusing on Angel. “We are not angry. He just didn’t want to do it right now. And the fans, because we had started this about two years ago, and they had been asking. We kind of felt like now was the good time.”
The boy band, who got their start on “Making The Band,” are set to release their brand-new album, Lines & Circles on August 3. And get this: the album may be a bit reminiscent of their hit song, “Liquid Dreams.” Clearly, there is a boy band god.
“We are just having fun,” Eric said. “We know what made us famous was ’Liquid Dreams,’ so try to play it up in a clever way. I think has been the approach… It’s going to have a different sort of flare and vibe. We know we came from a boy band quote-on-quote, so we are not taking ourselves too seriously. We want to be able to have some fun with it.”